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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Microneedling


What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a skin therapy that comfortably treats acne scars, surgical scars, burn scars, traumatic scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, and skin discoloration. Microneedling increases collagen production, and rejuvenates the skin by causing controlled mechanical micro-injuries in a small portion of the skin leaving surrounding skin intact. This also allows us to apply a growth factor serum for an even greater stimulation of collagen production.

Is there downtime involved following a Microneedling treatment?
Generally no, but you may experience facial redness like a moderate to severe sunburn for 12-48 hours after the treatment. Most people are able to return to normal daily activities immediately after the treatment. Patients can apply mineral make up as a breathable camouflage to cover any redness in about 24 hours.

Does a Microneedling treatment hurt?
Our  opens in a new windowmicro-needling treatment protocol is designed to be a comfortable procedure. Because we take the extra time to use a topical anesthetic, we are able to provide a more effective treatment with little, if any discomfort. The sensation feels similar to a microdermabrasion. Most people have commented they feel nothing but a mild vibration.

How quickly are results visible?
Rejuvenated skin can generally be seen 6-8 days following procedure, with continued results over time. A course of at least 3 micro-needling sessions is usually recommended to achieve optimal results; however, most everyone notices a healthy glow to their skin the next day after their treatment.

Is Microneedling safe?
The procedure is minimally invasive, which means that there is little downtime and the healing process is quick. Aftercare is also very simple and can be fully administered at home.

Are there any side effects or risks associated with skin needling?
Side effects experienced with micro-needling will usually subside within 48 hours. They include redness of the skin, stinging, itching and tightness of the skin.

How many treatments are recommended for Microneedling?

Skin Rejuvenation
3-6 treatments
4 weeks apart

Scarring
3-8 treatments
6 weeks apart

Stretch Marks
3-8 treatments
6 weeks apart

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